I believe that NZ3074 was issued to Ohakea (2 OTU) for them to play with, with full knowledge that no V-1650 spares of any kind were held in NZ. However there must have been communications between Wellington and Washington about this orphan at the bottom of the world, and it was agreed to ship the aircraft back to the USA for disposal, while the aircraft which it had taken the place of in the original ship eventually turned up in Auckland, becoming NZ3180. David D
I just discovered that upon his return to New Zealand following his bale out into the see off New Caledonia in the ferrying debacle that saw the other P-40's land on the beach, Stan Quill had a spot of leave and then returned to Whenuapai to rejoin No. 14 Squadron,and on the 4th of May 1943, exactly 75 years ago today, he flew Harvard NZ1037 (yes, Brendon's Harvard, then brand new and on No. 14 (F) Squadron it seems) from Whenuapai to Hobsonville, where he then jumped into NZ3074 and did a "local test" flight. So it was still at Hobby on 4th of May 1943.
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 17, 2019 20:40:55 GMT 12
Does anyone have a decent high resolution copy of this fantastic photo? It appeared in the NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 21 DECEMBER 1943, with the caption, "NEW ZEALAND AIR REPAIR UNIT IN PACIFIC: This outdoor workshop in New Georgia can handle a flight of fighter aircraft simultaneously. — Official R.N.ZA.F. photograph."
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 26, 2020 11:32:15 GMT 12
I have gone through this thread and replaced as many of the photos that I can with new ones that are the same but do not have the ruddy Photobucket watermark though them. An I have also removed a few posts that had nothing but dead links in them.